Becoming a Chorister
The Choristers of St John’s College Choir are part of a centuries-old tradition with a vibrant modern present.
- The children Choristers sing six services a week in the College Chapel during university terms, and tour the world twice a year, including recently the USA, China, Japan and throughout Europe.
- A peerless musical education is just part of the Choristers’ experience - they all board among the 450 other pupils of the academically renowned St John’s College School described by the Good Schools Guide as ‘magically happy’. They live together in a homely boarding house from which they walk each day across the College grounds to the Chapel.
- The Choir is not required to sing during Holy Week, Easter or at Christmas and the Choristers are free for Half Terms from Sunday to Friday.
- All Choristers receive a bursary of two thirds of school fees, with no child ever excluded from the Choir for reasons of finance. Choristers go on routinely to win music and academic scholarships to leading senior schools.
Here's Matthew to give a taster of what it's like to experience a tour with the Choir:
St John's College School
The Choristers and Probationers are educated as boarders at St John's College School, winner of the national Best Prep School and Best Prep School Headmaster Awards. SJCS is a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school in Cambridge which offers an exceptional educational experience to children aged 4-13.
If you know a child who loves to sing, a Choristership at St John’s could be the best possible start in life for them.
The Interim Director of Music, Christopher Gray, is always happy to hear from parents or guardians of any children aged six+ who is enthusiastic about singing. They need not play an instrument or have any formal training, in the right child, potential is more than enough.
There is more information on what it means to be a Chorister, and on what an audition would entail in this Chorister Handbook.
Forthcoming Voice Trial dates will be available here soon.